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King County Parks sets open house series for East Lake Sammamish Trail project update

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Come to any of four King County Parks' open houses later this month and learn more about design and planning under way for the South Sammamish segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail (ELST) project.

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Come to any of four King County Parks’ open houses later this month and learn more about design andELST_graphic planning under way for the South Sammamish segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail (ELST) project.

King County Parks is hosting the open house series to provide area residents and everyone else who is interested in the work to convert this portion of the ELST from the interim soft surface trail to a master planned trail, including paving, soft-surface shoulders, fencing, landscaping, intersection crossing treatments and more.

While each open house will focus on a specific neighborhood, the same materials will be shared at each meeting. Open houses will run from 5-7 p.m. Meeting dates and locations are listed below, along with the specific trail segment that will be discussed:

• March 12 – Pine Lake Middle School Commons, 3200 228th Ave. SE – ELST segment from Southeast 43rd Way in Issaquah to Southeast 33rd Street in Sammamish;
• March 13 – Rachel Carson Elementary School Commons, 1035 244th Ave. NE – ELST segment from Southeast 33rd Street to 1200 East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane Southeast;
• March 18 – Margaret Mead Elementary School Gym, 1725 216th Ave. NE – 1200 East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane Southeast to 130 East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane; and
• March 19 – Pine Lake Middle School Commons, 3200 228th Ave. SE – 130 East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane Northeast to Northeast Inglewood Hill Road.

The South Sammamish segment of the ELST is being designed and constructed in two phases. The first 1.2 mile-long segment – from southeast 43rd Way to Southeast 33rd Street – could see construction begin as early as spring 2015, while the second segment, the 3.6-mile-long stretch from Southeast 33rd Street to Inglewood Hill Road – could have construction under way in 2016.

Last year, King County Parks completed the second segment of the ELST conversion from the interim soft-surface trail to the finished master-planned trail – a 2.2-mile-long stretch through Issaquah. The Redmond segment of the ELST was completed in 2011.

King County purchased the 11-mile-long East Lake Sammamish rail banked corridor in 1998. An interim soft-surface trail was completed and opened to the public in March 2006.

The ELST follows a historic railroad route along the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish within the cities of Redmond, Sammamish and Issaquah. Part of the “Locks to Lakes Corridor,” the trail follows an off-road corridor along the lake and through lakeside communities.

Once the ELST is fully developed, it will be part of a 44-mile-long regional urban trail corridor from Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood to Issaquah. More information is available at www.kingcounty.gov/eastlakesammamishtrail.

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